Another crowded field of runners from across the country will descend on Storm Lake and Marathon June 16 for the 12th running of the annual Marathon to Marathon - a dramatic competition that promises plenty for spectators, too.
Events begin Friday, the 15th, with a spaghetti dinner, 5:30 - 8 P.M. sponsored by the Storm Lake Booster club at Storm Lake High School.
The running begins early on Saturday to beat the heat. At 6 A.M., the Marathon and Marathon Relay begins near Storm Lake High School; the relay using teams of five splitting the 26.2-mile distance.
The National Anthem for this event will be performed by Juvenal Soria. Honorary Starters are Dean Nicholson and John Swanson, longtime local educators and coaches.
At 7 A.M., the Half Marathon begins at the half-way mark between Storm Lake and Marathon.
At the Marathon Community Center in Marathon, a breakfast will be available for all at the Community Center from 7 AM-11 AM.
Registration for a 5K Run/Walk will be held there from 6:45 A.M. - 7:45 A.M., with participants getting underway at 8 on a course running through Marathon. The National Anthem for that event will be sung by Karen Lind.
The Tot Trot - a short running event for ages 8 and under, will have registration from 8-8:15 A.M., with kids taking off at the downtown area at 8:30.
The first Marathon runners should be hitting the home stretch by 8:30, racing for the records, currently held by Brian Postma of Washington State with 2:31 set in 1996; and Marla Rhoden, from Kansas, with the women's mark of 3:16 set in 2002.
There will be plenty to do during and after the action.
Entertainers will be on hand near the finish area
Kids' Games are planned at 9 A.M. at the Community Center.
An Award Ceremony will be held at 9:45 A.M for 5K Run/Walk, and at 11 A.M for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay
Marathon to Marathon merchandise for be for sale in the gazebo.
At noon, a luncheon will be served in the Community Center, with entertainment by Neal Ruge.
An Alumni Banquet will be held at 6 P.M. in the Marathon Community Center - the 101st gathering for former Marathon school students.
The busy day will wrap up in the evening with a Street Dance near Ike's Job Site.